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Camille Claudel (1988)

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Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt ... See full summary »

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Louise-Athanaise Claudel
Laurent Grévill ...
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Eugène Blot
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Jessie Lipscomb
Maxime Leroux ...
Danièle Lebrun ...
Rose Beuret
Jean-Pierre Sentier ...
Limet
Roger Planchon ...
Morhardt
Aurelle Doazan ...
Louise Claudel
Madeleine Marie ...
Victoire
Alain Cuny ...
Louis-Prosper Claudel
Gérard Beaume
Martin Berléand ...
Robert
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Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt for herself and for Rodin. She also becomes his mistress. But after a while, she would like to get out of his shadow... Written by Yepok

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$201,055 (USA)
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A major scene in the movie depicts the announcement of the death of Victor Hugo. In The Story of Adele H (1975), Isabelle Adjani played Adèle Hugo, Victor Hugo's daughter who, like Camille Claudel, suffered from schizophrenia. See more »

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Camille Claudel: My little Paul, you came to see me in May... and I made you promise not to neglect me so terribly. Madhouses are made to inflict suffering. It can't be helped... especially if you never see anyone. They try to force me to sculpt here. They don't succeed, so they make trouble for me. Don't forget, Paul, your sister is in prison with madwomen. Mama wrote the doctor... that I mean to harm you. That I detest you and am out to hurt you. It's not true. I wish she would take me to Villeneuve with her....
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Referenced in La musica di Camille Claudel (2008) See more »

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Spleen
from "Ariettes oubliées"
Music by Claude Debussy
Poem by Paul Verlaine
Performed by Barbara Hendricks soprano, Michel Beroff piano
(p) EMI Classics
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Camille Claudel is an Excellent Film
20 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent film and I highly recommend it. The imagery and soundtrack is lush, and the story focuses intensely on Camille's perfectionism and fortitude, all the while depicting her descent into madness, although some claim she wasn't mad, merely a woman ahead of her time, and thus ostracized.

From what I have read of various biographies of Camille Claudel, I understand that she was a woman ahead of her time; she scorned the bourgeois, just as many artists, writer, and musicians did -- in the same way that modern artists scorn the common, small-minded, and narrow society (read Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf for a good understanding of the artist's situation in society).

Following the pattern of Vincent van Gogh and Franz Schubert, Camille Claudel was not a great "promoter" of her works, and, to make things worse, the bourgeois society, just like today, failed to understand her art (again, like the plight of Vincent van Gogh and many others).

At her core, Camille Claudel was a true rebel, not because she wanted to be, but because she had to. Camille Claudel was a true artist, in the very deepest sense.


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